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Equal Opportunity for Welfare

Carl Knight

in Luck Egalitarianism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638697
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652815 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638697.003.0002
Equal Opportunity for Welfare

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This chapter considers ‘equal opportunity for welfare’, as advocated by Richard Arneson and John Roemer, beginning by identifying the variety or varieties of bad luck that appear to be compensable. It maintains that compensation for ‘bad-price luck’ is appropriate, and that G. A. Cohen 's broader view of which kinds of luck are compensable is unacceptable, for the luck egalitarian at least. The chapter defends the bad-price luck argument against a few objections raised by Ronald Dworkin. This ‘present-mood’ account of welfare focuses on affective states and appears to overcome many of the problems faced by better-known accounts. The discussion also resists Cohen's attempt to reintroduce a resourcist element to egalitarian justice at the close of the chapter.

Keywords: Richard Arneson; John Roemer; bad luck; bad-price luck; G. A. Cohen; Ronald Dworkin; egalitarian justice

Chapter.  17756 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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